“I will build My church; and the gates of “Hades” will not overpower it.”
~ Matthew 16:18.
To me this states very clearly that Christ’s Church is more powerful than “Hell.” The concept of “Sheol” in Hebrew and the concept of “Hades” the word for “Sheol” later translated into the Greek word “Hades” and now known in English as “Hell.” Is a concept that would have never been understood in the Hebrew or Greek language or culture as a place of “Fiery, Eternal, Conscious Torment.” Unfortunately, this is how much of the modern church today is sadly being taught. Rather “Death” and “Hades” would have been understood in it’s original context as what it is referred to in the scripture as follows;
“He was put to death (Jesus) in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive (in the Spirit), he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.” ~ 1st Peter 3:18-21.
Wow, forgive me and please correct me if I am wrong but this has always sounded to me like when Jesus descended (after being crucified) before ascending to The Right Hand Side of The Father where he is Now Enthroned as Lord Over All…. “Hades” was still a place where Jesus was actually able to go, snatch a set of keys and still preach The Good News of The Kingdom to those imprisoned there. Am I the only one that finds this to be absolutely beautiful! That’s a Love and Freedom Stronger than the Grave Church! ~ Selah
In His Love, Pastor Scott Adrian Boggs